Good teachers know that the best learning happens when students can see a practical application for the content they are studying. At Dawson, teachers work very hard to capitalize on those times when subject specific content and knowledge can be applied to real-world problem solving. Below are a few exciting examples of students finding practical uses for what they are learning in class.
—In the Mobile Programming, students designed an App to be used at the Boulder Film Festival. The App allowed members of the audience to submit their scores for the individual films being shown.
—Freshman, Hunter Keeley, had a video chosen to appear on the New York Times website as part of their “Words Gone Wild” video contest. Students were asked to create a 15-second video to define or teach one of the words in the word of the day collection. Hunter’s video for the word bludgeon was chosen as a winner. Take a peek at http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/words-gone-wild-the-student-winners-of-our-15-second-vocabulary-video-contest/
—After studying the cooling quotient, Algebra II students took part in a murder mystery where they worked together in groups to use what they know to solve the crime.
—Members of the RC Dawson robotics team just finished the “build” period that began on January 6 during which time they prepared their robot for competition. Many evenings turned into late nights as students worked through design and program issues. This year’s competition involves autonomous challenges as well as a collaborative element where groups of three robots play a game called aerial assist. Check out this video animation of the challenge at, ... » read more